Surgeons Bringing Vital Reconstructive Care and Medical Training to Underserved Communities: The 2017 RealSelf Fellowship Recipients

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RealSelf Grant Supports Medical Volunteers Making An Impact Abroad

SEATTLE, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- RealSelf, the most trusted online destination to get informed about elective

cosmetic procedures and to find and connect with doctors and clinics, announced today the 2017 recipients of the RealSelf Fellowship. Every year, the RealSelf Fellowship provides financial support to physicians and medical professionals who donate their time and expertise to deliver medical care and training in highly underserved communities around the world where surgical care is simply not accessible.

Each Fellow receives a grant to be applied toward a life-changing humanitarian trip with the potential to further the RealSelf mission to bring confidence to people worldwide.

In addition to performing reconstructive surgeries for individuals who have suffered traumatic injuries or were born with correctable deformities, many of the 2017 Fellowship recipients will be providing medical training to local surgeons.

2017 financial grants were awarded to:

  • Dr. Oumar Coulibaly, Mali physician traveling to Nepal with ReSurge International on Nov. 15, 2017
  • Dr. Matthew Hansen, Perth, Australia Plastic Surgeon traveling to Tanzania with Rafiki on May 12, 2017
  • Dr. Matheson A. Harris, Salt Lake City Oculoplastic Surgeon traveling to Haiti with Charity Vision and LDS Charities on Aug. 27, 2017
  • Dr. Jed H. Horowitz, Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon traveling to Mexico with Plasticos Foundation on June 22, 2017
  • Dr. Joseph A. Molnar, Winston-Salem Plastic Surgeon traveling to Mozambique with ReSurge International on April 22, 2017

"We feel fortunate to be able to support medical humanitarians who are donating their time to better the lives of people across the globe," said RealSelf Founder and CEO, Tom Seery. "From oculoplastic surgery training in Haiti, to advanced burn treatment training in Mozambique, to plastic and reconstructive surgery training in Tanzania and Mexico, this group of Fellows will have a lasting impact on the communities they visit, with their teachings continuing to give back long after their trips have ended."

The fellowship is open to physicians and surgical care team members who volunteer their medical services or serve as volunteer educators to advance the skills of local doctors and staff in a range of medical needs. RealSelf evaluates applications annually. The 2018 application deadline is Dec. 1, 2017. Award recipients will be notified Jan. 15, 2018. To learn more about the fellowship or apply online visit

About RealSelfRealSelf is the largest online destination to get informed about elective cosmetic procedures and to find the right doctor or clinic. More than 9 million people visit RealSelf each month to find out which treatments and providers live up to their promise of being "Worth It." RealSelf is powered by unbiased experiences shared by consumers for hundreds of treatments, ranging from simple skincare to highly considered cosmetic surgery. Offering millions of photos and medical expert answers, RealSelf has become the essential resource and service for those seeking to find the the right doctor or clinic.


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